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Legendary Irish folk music band Dervish celebrate some of Ireland’s most iconic folk songs with a stunning line-up of much celebrated performers as part of Belfast International Arts Festival.

Dervish, legendary traditional music act from Sligo, take to the newly restored Belfast’s Grand Opera House for a very special gala show taken from their acclaimed 2019 album The Great Irish Songbook (on the US Label Rounder Records) – the 14th in their storied history.

Joining an eight piece Dervish on stage, in a spirit of camaraderie, collaboration and inclusivity, is a star studded lineup of guests featuring some of Northern Ireland’s and Scotland’s most inspired and revered ambassadors of music including folk hero Glen Hansard, Belfast’s own Brian Kennedy, the multi-award winning Cara Dillon, Gaelic folk singer Karen Matheson, the revered Eddi Reader and our city’s own Open Arts Community Choir for what’s sure to be an unforgettable night of music in one of Belfast’s most hallowed venues.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Dervish have been described by BBC Radio 2 as “an icon of Irish music” when announcing their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

The Great Irish Songbook both preserves the spirit of each song on the album and brings a new vitality to iconic traditional songs. This celebratory two hour show features some of the most respected performers in folk and contemporary music singing some of their favourite Irish songs. It is sure to be an evening that will be remembered for a very long time!

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Development Fund.

Part of IN-visible ID-entities 3, an on-going BIAF initiative encouraging cultural collaboration across the island and supported by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.

Please note: these performances are subject to social distancing restrictions being lifted.


  • Cathy Jordan Vocals, Bodhran, Ukulele
  • Liam Kelly Flute, whistles
  • Tom Morrow Fiddle
  • Shane Mitchell Accordion
  • Michael Holmes Bouzouki
  • Brian McDonagh Mandola, Mandolin
  • Seamie O’Dowd Guitar
  • Graham Henderson Keyboards and piano

Guests Artists

  • Eddi Reader Vocals and guitar
  • Glen Hansard, vocals
  • Karen Matheson Vocals
  • Cara Dillon Vocals, Fiddle and Whistle
  • Brian Kennedy Vocals
  • The Open Arts Community Choir Vocals

Festival Box Office

You can book tickets anytime online or you can phone Box Office at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 to book tickets, Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:30pm & Sunday 11:00am – 4.00pm.

Our box office is powered by Visit Belfast you can also call in to Visit Belfast in person to book your tickets.

Grand Opera House Box Office Information:
For phone and counter sales, the Grand Opera House Box Office opens 10am- 5pm Monday -Saturday.
Telephone 02890241919.
The Grand Opera House applies a per ticket booking fee of £1.75 to phone bookings, online booking fees will be charged at £1.25 per ticket. There is no booking fee charge for in-person payments made at the Box Office counter in the Theatre foyer.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019